The New York Times is beefing up their social media S.W.A.T. team; one comes from inside the building, the other, ProPublica. A memo from inside the Times, in which we learn what the social media masters at the paper of record need: A great understanding of Reddit.
Mediaite has a new editor, but he isn’t the Fox Mole. The Daily wants your votes, but they already have their fathers’ blessings. T-Shirts are the new Tote-Bags, silenced commenters are the new site-running commenters, more fantastic-if-true potentially embarrassing stories about well-regarded Timesmen, “restructurings” as the hot new media euphemism, and something about Zooey Deschanel. These are your Thursday morning media items:
Investigative nonprofit website ProPublica reports today that obfuscatory for-profit hedge fund Magnetar has attracted the attention of the Securities and Exchange Commission for its dealings in collateralized debt obligations.
The investigation echoes the SEC’s suit earlier this year against investment bank Goldman Sachs. In April, the SEC charged Goldman with misleading investors Read More
fun with CDOs
As the housing market started to collapse in the middle of 2006, investors became more and more nervous about the smelliest sections of CDOs–collateralized debt obligations that pooled different mortgage bonds together. So what did banks like Merrill Lynch, Citigroup and UBS do? According to ProPublica and NPR‘s big follow-up to the Read More
In October 2007, Paul Steiger told The Observer that he wanted to use a Wall Street Journal pay model to recruit staffers to his fledgling nonprofit, ProPublica.
“I’m prepared to spend $200,000 on the exact right person, but if the exact right person isn’t there, then I’ll get three people at $60,000,” Read More
ProPublica, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, not-for-profit investigative outfit, announced this morning that it has added three reporters to its news staff, including a blogger.
The new hires include Kim Barker, a former Chicago Tribune bureau chief; Sebastian Rotella, an L.A. Times reporter with more then 22 years of experience; and Marian Wang who has experience in Read More
The week before Labor Day tends to be a quiet one for book publishing, as agents and editors head for the hills in preparation for the rush of big-ticket book proposals that inevitably come flooding in during the weeks leading up to the Frankfurt Book Fair. Sometimes it pays to get a jump on the Read More
“It’s not about displaying documents,” said Aron Pilhofer, editor of interactive news technologies at The New York Times and leader of the team of news journalists and programmers behind those interactive, data-driven displays on NYTimes.com. “It’s about making documents that are already on the Web findable, searchable, and structured in a way that you just Read More
Felix Gillette talks to Newsweek International editor Fareed Zakaria, whose CNN show GPS, "unlike most Sunday public affairs programs such as Meet the Press and This Week, GPS set out to lure political leaders and thinkers onto the show from outside the Beltway and outside America."
John Koblin reports that New York Times publisher Read More
ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative news outfit run by former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger, needs exposure to, well, the public. And so Mr. Steiger said when he launched the Web site last spring that the idea was for his reporters to syndicate their stories—free of charge!—to other news outlets.
ProPublica has farmed Read More